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Homesteading brings to mind visions of an abundant life full of nature, animals, family, and many new friends and neighbors.  A simple life that also challenges your ability to adapt, observe nature and learn how to live in an environment full of challenges.  A simple life that takes a lot of work, while at the same time, providing  many  great benefits.


Some of the benefits of homesteading are as follows:

  • Great exercise, no need to go to a gym to workout
  • Learning from nature by observing who and what lives on your property
  • Discovering what food already grows on the land that you can share with the animals that already live there.
  • Connecting with the earth as you create your vegetable garden
  • Discovering the abilities that you have to overcome challenges
  • The “on the job training” that gives you knowledge, skills and a  great home
  • The Joy of waking up to a beautiful sunrise knowing that This Day is a Present
  • Closer family relationships
  • Mechanical skills are honed and acquired
  • Animal husbandry skills are learned and applied

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Sustainable Homes and permaculture principles go hand in hand.   As many people are looking to sustainability and the environment for a more peaceful life,  Permaculture (permanent culture) principles simplify the creation of a sustainable home.  Many people are looking at specific parts of permaculture for their homestead or their urban home.



Living off of the grid to keep from losing their electricity during a storm or other outage is another aspect of a sustainable home.   A Sustainable home is what you make it.  Using permaculture principles makes that life easier to maintain once it is set up.

What are some of the permaculture principles?

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We are preparing the farm for winter.  In Colorado at 8,600 feet elevation, winter can come early and unexpectedly.  It is a COLD hard fact.  As we are preparing to move up to the farm in a 5th wheel trailer, it was time to keep the trailer ready for the snow, relentless wind to prevent the water tanks from freezing.

Permaculture Principles

40 Acre farm View to the west


As you can see, the farm is very open to the elements


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Permaculture Principles, Share the surplus or limit consumption?  The definition by some practitioners of permaculture state 3 principles, they are usually stated as Care for the Earth, the People and the Future.  But according to, some also express caring for the future as  sharing the surplus, limiting consumption or re-invest the surplus. You can find out more about their movie and their passion by going to their website,


The movie,  Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future.  The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

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There has been proven profound effects of farming on health.  Dr. Northern, Dr. Alexander Beddoe, and other experts have noted, it is easier to cure sick soils than it is to cure sick people. Did you know these very same people have stated that farming affects our health so profoundly that consuming quality crops will do more for your health than all of the health care practitioners combined?

I want to share with you an Article by Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D. who speaks out on what really causes Heart disease.  Here is his article in its entirety.  I highly recommend that you read it!  Here is the direct link if the link above does not take you there:


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Waterline and reservoir in the ground, Finally!!!   As we shared before, we needed to bury the waterline at least eight (8) feet deep to keep the waterlines from freezing on the farm.  Good thing we had an old backhoe!!!   We had some challenges, but were able to just keep moving forward.

Here are a few pictures so that you can see the ditch, the hole for the tank and the tank in the hole!  We dug down about 10 feet deep, backfilled with clean sandy soil then placed the tank in the hole.  The water line and electrical are encased in 3″ PVC pipe for protection!

Reservoir Tank hole and water line ditch  9 feet deep

Reservoir Tank hole and water line ditch 9 feet deep



There’s the Hole!


Reservoir tank in the hole!

Planning for the Water Line and Reservoir in the Ground

The great part of this is the way in which it is being completed.  We have met some fantastic people along this journey so far.   There have been challenges along the way, but the solutions and fixes always come just when we need them.  Growing in an extreme environment takes planning, but we all must take action to get our dream accomplished.  Especially when we only want to dig this hole and the ditch once!

Our plan is as follows:

1. Dig the ditch right up to the well head, 10 feet down

2. Dig the ditch 200 feet to where the reservoir would be buried

3. Dig a big hole for the 1700 gallon reservoir to be placed and buried for protection from damage and freezing.

4. Smooth off the bottom and sides of the hole and place the tank in the hole.

5. Lay the waterline and electrical line in the ditch and connect everything up together.

6. Fill up the reservoir tank and make sure all of the backflow preventions were in place and work well.

7. Once everything works as it should and passes the testing, cover the pipe with sandy soil.  Then finish covering up the ditch and smooth off the top.


There is more to do as you can see from the ditch and the tank.  We are at step #4, and the well guy will be here this next week to verify the installation and finish the connections.  After all, it is 10 feet of digging if it is not right.  So if you have an expert in the area, it is well worth the peace of mind to have it double checked.


This is a short update on the farm water system.  It is great being up there!  I also wanted to share with you the “Welcome Home” bouquet we received, growing right next to the door of our small trailer.  I pressed the wrong button on my camera, so it is a 2 second video.  But the flowers were a nice suprise!  I am excited for my wife Heather to see them soon!


I hope that you are going to have a great labor day weekend here in the U.S., and I also wanted to share with you about one of the sales that Burpee is having:

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If you are ready for your fall gardening, it is always nice to save money.  We have been saving seeds already from our garden!

Today is a great day!


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